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Lyttelton Port enters mediation with unions

<p>Lyttelton Port Company is entering mediation with workers after the combined unions gave notice last month that no overtime would be worked from 11 pm on February 16 for a month.</p> <p>The port’s chief executive, Peter Davie, said the negotiations will take place on February 10. </p> <p>He told that the the action will not affect operations of ships lines, tugs, pilots, security, oil berth and services provided by Toll Logistics, Lyttelton Stevedoring, Independent Fisheries, and Pacifica Shipping.</p> <p>The strike has come after protracted bargaining between the parties fell short of reaching an agreement. </p> <p>Mr Davie said the strike could cost the economy of the Canterbury region millions of dollars in lost business. </p> <p>It was too early to know the impact on port’s finances, which would depend on decisions made by shipping lines, essentially on whether they took their business elsewhere, he said.</p> <p>There is the possibility that some container and coal customers will face delays if a cluster of ships berthed at the same time, he said. </p> <br />